Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver

So, you already knew I was imperfect? Yes, I did also, but not as acutely as this week. As a caregiver to my husband with advanced Parkinson’s Disease, there are so many things going on with his health, that I am having difficulty keeping up. We all make choices every day, and as we decideContinue reading “Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver”

Parkinson’s Goes Traveling

Warning: the following statement is not profound or original. “When you have Parkinson’s Disease, and you travel, you cannot leave it behind!” This is not a surprise to any of us, but sometimes we forget that it is true. No matter what our physical condition, we take it with us wherever we go. But howContinue reading “Parkinson’s Goes Traveling”

Out of my Control

As a retired high school teacher, I like to be in control. I like to have my ducks in a row and know what is happening in every area of my life. That’s how I conducted my classroom. I controlled it. But life isn’t always like that, is it? Parkinson’s Disease surely isn’t like that!Continue reading “Out of my Control”

We Have Issues!

In case you are counting, this is Post Number 71 of this blog, which was designed to support and encourage those who care for someone with Parkinson’s Disease. I am so thankful to you for reading, and I sincerely hope you have been encouraged along the way. If you are a first-time reader, please stopContinue reading “We Have Issues!”

Change is Gonna Come

My Haiku for Today Caring for your spouse Won’t always be like today. “Change is gonna come.” You can rest assured that things won’t always be as they are. As I have cared for my husband with Parkinson’s Disease for the last 20 years, I have noticed that things remain at status quo for aContinue reading “Change is Gonna Come”

Life is a Semicolon

While reading posts on a Parkinson’s FaceBook group this past week, I came to several conclusions. First, everyone has difficulties, just not all the same ones. Second, everyone is important, even when they aren’t sure they are. And third, I am thankful that I am not alone. If you’re reading this blog for the firstContinue reading “Life is a Semicolon”

Caregiver Burnout – and what to do about it

Tired of caregiving? Overwhelmed by too much to do? You might be burned out! Here are some signs for those of us who aren’t sure if we’re there yet. No matter how long you have been caring for someone with a debilitating or degenerative disease like Parkinson’s, you might be feeling burned out. This canContinue reading “Caregiver Burnout – and what to do about it”

Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease

What would you say if your spouse asked you this question, “Do you think I have dementia?” How would you respond? Would you be truthful? Would you sugar-coat your answer? My answer was this, “I see some signs of it, Honey, do you?” And he reluctantly agreed with me. That was our most recent conversationContinue reading “Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease”

It’s the Little Things

Here’s the first little thing. If this is your first time reading this blog, we want to welcome you. Please stop here and read “The Journey Begins.” You’ll find the link at the top right of this page. Some days it seems that life is full of countless little negative things that occur one afterContinue reading “It’s the Little Things”